Lung Cancer Support & Resources

We know that lung cancer affects our patients, and their families and friends, in many ways. We are committed to providing support and resources for you and your loved ones.

Lung Cancer Support Group

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This reassuring resource of strength and support is organized for lung cancer patients who need emotional support or want help finding accurate health information and advice on coping skills. The group provides an opportunity to connect with others about diagnosis, treatment, post-treatment issues and preparing for life after cancer.

You’ll learn how to handle the complications of treatment. You’ll also discover ways to enhance your emotional health and well-being when it comes to being a cancer survivor.

Co-facilitated by Nurse Navigators and Social Workers.

2nd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Huntington Pavilion
Cancer Center Conference Room
625 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Suite 100
Pasadena, CA 91105

Parking is available in the Pavilion Parking Garage (sorry, no validation).

For more information please call Christine Conti, RN Navigator at: (626) 397-2528, or
Barbara Ann Perry, LCSW, OSW-C, Licensed Clinical Oncology Social Worker at (626) 397-5074.

Friends & Family Support Group

Lung cancer does not just affect the patient; it also affects family and friends. Open communication prior to treatment provides a good opportunity for family and friends to feel involved and express feelings, lend a helping hand, and provide support to the patient during their journey with lung cancer.

Please click the links below for more information:

Smoking Cessation and Smoking Stinks Program

The highest risk factors for lung cancer is smoking and exposure to second hand smoke. Statistics show that 80 - 90% of people with lung cancer are, or have been, smokers.

Quitting smoking is not easy. For most people, several attempts are made to quit smoking before long term success is achieved. Essentially, there are two reasons why quitting smoking is so difficult: a physical dependence to nicotine and a psychological dependence to smoking.

Learn more about Huntington Hospital's Tobacco Cessation Program.

Smoking Cessation Resources

California Smoker’s Help Line
1-800-NO BUTTS (1-800-662-8887)

This is a free statewide research-based tobacco cessation project operated by the University of California. Callers are offered self-help materials, a local resource listing and telephone counseling. The helpline is available in five languages, as well as a TDD line for the hearing impaired.

American Lung Association - Freedom From Smoking Online
Conducts programs on tobacco education for adults and teenagers; provides a free program for “Freedom From Smoking” online in a 7 module course. Also offered is a freedom from smoking group clinic, audio cassette program, and a 46-page guide to freedom from smoking to help quit smoking for good. www.ffsonline.org

Nicotine Anonymous
1-877-879-6422 for General Information
1-800-642-0666 for Local Meetings

This is a non-profit, 12-step fellowship program for smoking cessation. The fellowship offers group support and recovery using the 12-Steps adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous and offers support to stop smoking 365 days a year. There is a weekly meeting scheduled at Huntington Hospital, Saturday 4pm, Dining Room D in the cafeteria. www.Nicotine-Anonymous.org

Additional Resources:

Smoking Stinks

Each year, Dr. Robbin Cohen talks about the dangers of smoking to a group of young teens. This is a presentation that is given in hopes that the young attendees will better understand why cigarettes are so harmful, and to that end, will never start in the first place. The video playlist below shows five consecutive videos from the presentation. Please feel free to share it with your kids or with your friends who have children of their own.

Lung Cancer Resources

There are many excellent websites, books, tapes and hotlines available that will be helpful to you not only in the beginning of your journey but all along as well. Please be advised that the inclusion of any resource is not an endorsement or recommendation of any kind. Since there are thousands of useful websites on the internet, this list of recommended resources can serve as a starting point for your own explorations.

Websites

Books

  • Love, Medicine and Miracles by Bernie S. Siegel, MD
  • How to Live Between Office Visits by Bernie S. Siegel, MD
  • You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L. Hay
  • Healing Yourself by Martin Rossman

Tapes

  • A Guided Imagery and Meditation by Bernie S. Siegel, MD
  • Positive Imagery for People with Cancer by Emmett Miller
  • Cancer: Discovering Your Healing Power by Louise Hay


Hotlines

  • American Cancer Society (1-800-ACS-2345)
  • National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)


Huntington Cancer Center Resources

Appearance Center
Licensed Cosmetologist to assist with treatment-related appearance changes.
(626) 535-2524

Clinical Dietitian
Licensed dietitian who offers guidance regarding nutritional needs for the individual who has been diagnosed with cancer.
(626) 535-2524

Education Empowerment Coping Strategies Resources
Newly Diagnosed Patient/Education Orientation
(626) 397-5074

Genetic Counseling/Testing Program
(626) 535-2524

Next Step: Completion of Radiation Therapy Support Group
(626) 397-5074

Psychosocial Services
Clinical Social Worker
(626) 397-5074

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